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This Tuesday, the first National Fentanyl Awareness Day will be held; it is intended to raise awareness about the use of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, which is mixed with illicit drugs.
In light of this commemoration, the DEA released a video in which its administrator, Anne Milgram, highlights the dangers of fentanyl and the need for urgent action. “On this first-ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day, please help save lives by making sure you talk with your friends and family about the dangers of this deadly drug,” Milgram said.
According to information released by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), in the 12-month period ending October 2021 more than 105,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Nearly 69,000 of those deaths involved fentanyl. In the 12-month period ending April 2021, fentanyl was the leading cause of death among citizens aged 18 to 45.
Secure borders against Fentanyl use
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also spoke on the issue and called on President Joe Biden’s administration to take steps to prevent this from continuing to be the leading cause of death among young Americans. Among the policies that Biden should assume, he asked him to focus on having secure borders.
“[President Biden], it’s time to secure our southern border & prevent this deadly drug from plaguing our communities,” Donalds wrote on his Twitter account.